Watching the Lunar Flow

The Moon is now moving through Aquarius until late Sunday. Such a lunar position by itself highlights deeply felt issues in common. The fact that the Moon will also be in its first quarter phase tonight (Friday) is informative for those who seek an empowering resolution of those issues.


Each of astrology’s twelve signs is a unique combination of element (fire, earth, air or water) and quality (cardinal, fixed, or mutable). Both Aquarius and Scorpio (where the Sun is now moving) are fixed signs.

Signs which share the same quality are either at right angles or in opposition to each other on the zodiac’s circle. Because of that, any two objects which are expressing through the same quality of background will be in what astrologers call “hard aspect” to each other.

The word “hard” comes with baggage. For astrologers, not all of that luggage is appropriate. Granted, correlations with challenge can rarely be ruled out when interpreting the most prominent of hard aspects. Yet, by the same token, the inevitability of a corresponding reward for acting on difficulty should not be forgotten when reading conjunctions (objects in the same degree of the same sign), squares (90 degree separations on the zodiac) or oppositions.

Interestingly, the best known lunar phases (New Moon, Full Moon, first and last quarters) all represent hard aspects from the Sun to the Moon. Tonight’s lunar first quarter, for example, is the “opening” square – a separation of 90 degrees from the Sun to the Moon which takes place one week after the immediately preceding New Moon and one week before the Full Moon to follow.

Appropriately, the Moon at quarter phase is half lit and half dark, a fitting symbol for both the challenges and rewards a square aspect represents. That’s where you come in.

Much as with politics, astrology is everybody’s business. In both cases, participation is rewarded with a proportional amount of influence. Lack of involvement, on the other hand, usually results in a forfeit.

It should be pretty clear for anybody paying attention that politics is too important to be left to professional politicians. The same principle can be said to apply to astrology. Either way, informing yourself is a crucial requisite for participation.

Simply being aware confers you a surprising amount of power. Acting on that awareness empowers you even more. It should therefore be no surprise that history’s most infamous authoritarians all have at least one thing in common: discrediting or blocking access to any source of information which is at odds with what the putative leader professes.

Of course, it takes two to tango. Despots could not exist were they not enabled by those who choose to be not only ignorant, but also hostile towards anybody who contests a dictatorial point of view.

All of which leads back to tonight’s lunar first quarter. Because the Sun and Moon are in square aspect to each other, a challenge some sort of is likely to go with your territory this weekend. If you know simply that, you have a leg up on those who don’t.

Beyond being aware, perhaps the most salient meaning behind this particular First Quarter Moon has to do with what the nature of any challenges will probably be.

With both Sun and Moon in fixed signs, the most likely difficulties will have to do with knowing the difference between maximizing the light (for instance: persistence and definition) and minimizing the dark (for example: intransigence) sides of that quality.

That’s because, with a Full Moon coming, all which light represents in the context of fixed signs will implicitly prevail over this next week. If you will but act to have the same thing happen in your life (and ideally, in community), the two weeks which follow will be all the more likely to see an integration, rather than a dominance, of darkness in the second half of our current lunar cycle.

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About Len Wallick

Besides endeavoring to be of service to all of you here at Planet Waves, Len strives to live in Seattle while working as a professional astrologer. To contact him for an astrology reading you can send an e-mail to: His telephone number is 206-356-5467. In addition to his profession, Len contributes to the Seattle community without monetary compensation by serving as a Reiki practitioner and teacher through classes and outreach offered by the Seattle Reiki Mastery Series modality.

2 thoughts on “Watching the Lunar Flow

  1. Glen Young

    Got to see the First Quarter Moon (half eclipse?), the light illuminating the dark side was quite an amazing (unexpected) catch for me. With the partial release of the JFK files, it seems that the FBI director was concerned with the public believing that Oswald was a single shooter. That might be because he wasn’t, and couldn’t be depended upon to do the job of assassinating the President. A skill the US government took to Vietnam after the war had officially ended, with The CIA’s Phoenix Program of widespread torture, rape, and murder of civilians. Also, the assassination of Vietnamese military officers, as seen in the Movie: “Spy Games”, with Robert Redford. Big money is being spent on the Trump style gubernatorial race here in Virginia; hopefully the Mueller indictment comes at a bad time for them, and the light will prevail.

  2. Kazimira Rachfal

    Dear Len, Your writing is always beyond my highest expectations, “the inevitability of a corresponding reward for acting on difficulty should not be forgotten”.
    Indeed many share a common difficulty these days.
    I myself struggle to act with integrity and on behalf of my best interest in the art world even when so many voices are telling me I am making a huge mistake.
    I keep on coming back to the place of my own stillness. There is some difficulty in this way of approaching the world but I go back to a line in a beloved story by Leo Lionni, “Fish is Fish”.

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